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An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has undergone additional training in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. They’re experts in diagnosing, preventing and treating malocclusions, which are problems with the spacing, positioning or alignment of the teeth and jaws. An orthodontist, like Dr. Ibrahim, helps patients achieve beautiful, functional smiles through the use of braces, Invisalign® and other appliances.


What Type of Training Does an Orthodontist Have?

After high school, an orthodontist gets their bachelor’s degree followed by their doctorate from dental school. They then must go on to complete two to three years of specialty training in a competitive orthodontic residency program where they gain experience treating patients.

Dr. Ibrahim is so passionate about her work that she decided to take it a step further and become a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, a status reached by less than a third of orthodontists. This means she’s board-certified. To achieve this designation, she voluntarily completed hundreds of extra hours of preparation, including written and clinical exams and a rigorous peer review process, to demonstrate she’s able to provide the highest quality of orthodontic care.

Do I Need to See an Orthodontist?

Creating a stunning smile actually involves a lot more than simply putting on some brackets and wires or handing you aligners, which is why it’s always best to see an orthodontist to straighten your teeth. An orthodontist has extensive knowledge of the mechanics of the bite and the relationship between the jaws, teeth and facial structures. They’re also able to determine the underlying cause of malocclusions, such as whether they’re dental or skeletal, which is imperative to the treatment planning process.

Since orthodontic treatment utilizes biological forces and can bring about permanent changes in your anatomy, leave your smile in the hands of a specialist like Dr. Ibrahim. She’s able to tap into her training and experience to create stable results for the perfect combination of aesthetics and function.

Don’t Settle When it Comes to Your Smile

Schedule your free consultation at Innovative Orthodontic Centers and learn what a board-certified orthodontist can do for you.


Only about 33% of orthodontists are board certified like Dr. Ibrahim.


The American Association of Orthodontists was created in 1900.


100% of orthodontists are dentists but not all dentists are orthodontists.

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